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Chard grows best in a sunny or partly shaded spot in well-drained but moisture-retentive soil. Fork over the ground and remove large stones, then rake it level.
Make a shallow rill (you can use the handle of your rake) and sow the seeds 1cm deep and 3cm apart. Water thoroughly.
Thin the seedlings when they're 2-3cm tall and again a couple of weeks later, ultimately thinning to leave 25-30cm between plants. Water well to resettle the soil after thinning.
Swiss chard is not only tasty - it's ornamental, too.
Chard is ready to harvest after 12 weeks for early sowing, and a little longer for late-summer and autumn sowings. Use a sharp knife to cut individual leaves from the outside of the clump.